I suppose it’s kind of awesome that the long-lost Buffy the Vampire Slayer cartoon pilot has finally shown up online, but I’m going to choose to be depressed about it. Why? Because it’s clear from watching this four-minute clip (don’t panic, this is all that was made for Fox back in 2001 as a pitch) that BtVS was going to be a freaking awesome cartoon, and thus we have been robbed of an amazing amount of entertainment. Sez Animation Magazine, who found the clip:
Actress Giselle Loren, who provided the voice of Buffy in the two video games, reprised the role for the animated pilot and was joined by live-action Buffy cast members Alyson Hannigan (Willow), Anthony Stewart Head (Giles) and Nicholas Brendon (Xander).
How could Fox not greenlight this? Why do they hate joy and happiness so much? Sigh.
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